In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. ~Zechariah 12:8
Michael Jordan is one of the most legendary basketball players of all time. His incredible feats on the court, shooting ability, agility, and leadership inspiration is still a model of comparison for basketball players. Kids watching him play would say, “I want to be like Mike.” A statement like that is a noble compliment, but it is also a powerful benchmark for anyone who wants to be a great basketball player. The Lord said, “He that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David.” This is God’s way of encouraging the weak that they will become strong. Let us see why David is a benchmark for God’s favor.
We see the Lord’s satisfaction.
“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will” (Acts 13:22). David had two qualities about him that brought God’s favor in his life. First, he was a man after God’s own heart. This speaks of his obedience and love for God. Second, he fulfilled all of God’s will. He served his generation by the will of God. He obediently executed God’s will in the lives of the people during his lifetime. God was well pleased with David. Like David, we must be men after God’s heart and fulfill His will if we want to please our Lord.
We see the Lord’s safeguard.
“In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem….” God promises His defense of the Jews towards the end of the Great Tribulation. The Lord will fight for them and many hostile enemies will be overthrown. David described the Lord as his rock, shield, buckler, and horn of his salvation. As with David and his descendants, the Lord defends His people. His defends us through His mighty name. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” He defends His people through the shield of faith that quenches the fiery darts of Satan. He defends His people through the blood of Christ and the word of their testimony. We can confidently say, “The Lord is my safety.”
We see the Lord’s strength.
“He that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David….” God gives us faith to meet the giants in our life despite the size disadvantage. God gives us strength when the burdens are heavy, the adversity appears overpowering, and the journey appears perilous. God gave David strength when he was in the cave of Adullam. David encouraged himself in the Lord after an invasion that resulted in the capture of the women and children and the burning of the city that they held as a stronghold. David sang, "The LORD is my light and my salvation; …the LORD is the strength of my life." Through God, we can run through a troop and leap over a wall. We must rely on God’s strength when we are feeble and weak.
We see the Lord’s supremacy.
“...And the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.” What a powerful statement that the house of David shall be as God. This reminds me of 1 John 4:4 that tells us we are of God and have overcome our adversaries because greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world. "Through God we shall do valiantly." Let your weakness, inadequacy, and inability rest in God’s ability in your life. We can only be as God when only God is all that we need.
Have a God-sufficient God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: John 7-8